Although attributed to the ’70s, arena rock began in Roman times when bands fought to the death with power ballads while roadies were fed to lions. Appease your inner emperor with this GrouponLive deal to see The Midwest Rock ‘n’ Roll Express 2013 featuring REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Ted Nugent at the Target Center. For $24, you get one ticket for seating in section 101, 104, or 138 on Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. (up to a $34.70 value, including all fees). Doors open at 6 p.m.
The Midwest Rock ’n’ Roll Express 2013 smuggles arena legends REO Speedwagon, Styx, and Ted Nugent into the Target Center with an inestimable cargo of sing-along classics. Styx has sparked the third rail since 1972 with prog-rock sensationalism, bolstering lighter-fluid epics such as "Come Sail Away" and "Babe" with complex riffs from crystalline synthesizers intertwined with power-chord crescendos and noodling from guitar giant Tommy Shaw. With founding frontman and falsetto specialist Kevin Cronin at the helm, fellow Prairie State juggernaut REO Speedwagon fills the stage with passionate chartbusters that made waterbed salesmen rich, from romantic ballads such as “Keep on Loving You" to the spurned-lover kiss-off "Take It on the Run." Kicking off the show, "Motor City Madman" and expert game hunter Ted Nugent revs his buzzsaw guitar through classics such as "Cat Scratch Fever" and "Stranglehold," all while protecting the audience from wild boars.